PURPOSE OF POSITION
The purpose of the External Relations and Partnerships (ERP) Officer position is to pursue and coordinate the strategic engagement with WHO’s partners, including providing specialized partnership and resource mobilization expertise, coordinating partner engagement and supporting the development and implementation of resource mobilization and partnership capacity building activities for WHO staff. The ERP Officer supports efforts to strengthen WHO’s relationship with the international community by contributing to the positioning of the Organization’s regional health priorities into the agenda of the international community and in positioning the Organization to attain technical and strategic recognition.
The incumbent works under the leadership of the Director, RDO & Communications & External Relations. S/he leads coordination of award management, donor and partner engagement, and donor/partner communication and visibility efforts (including donor reporting) – the latter in line with the overall strategic communication plan for the Region. S/he supervises staff within the ERP team. S/he liaises closely with other teams within the Regional Office and with country offices to provide guidance, advice, and support to other staff in each of these areas and ensure high rates of compliance on key metrics – for example, donor reporting. S/he coordinates with HQ colleagues as needed especially in the context of the implementation of the Framework of Engagement with Non state Actors (FENSA) and global resource mobilization efforts.
Under the guidance of the Director/RDO, s/he works closely with the RDO team to assess and analyse information and policies required to support the work of the Regional Director, and to provide high-quality briefings to the Regional Director to support engagement with donors and partners. The incumbent takes a lead in organizing high level donor and partner visits to the Regional Office and with the Regional Director. S/he provides support on protocol issues for annual Regional Committee Meetings and other high-level events.
SUMMARY OF DUTIES
Ø Identify, build and maintain effective and strategic relationships with Member States and none-State actors, including donors and non-financial partnerships.
Ø Work with WHO colleagues across the 3 levels of the Organization on engagement with all Member States and partners (including implementing partners), including strategic engagement plans, proposal development and donor reporting, in line with corporate fundraising approaches for GPW13 and the upcoming GPW14, the Programme Budget and emergency appeals, and in accordance with the Framework of Engagement with Non-State Actors (FENSA).
Ø Gather timely and quality intelligence on priorities, policies, budgets, funding trends and opportunities of the assigned Member States and partners.
Ø Develop and contribute to Member States and partner profiles and engagement strategies to enhance coordinated outreach to the assigned contributors across WHO.
Ø Coordinate with key health sector partners and convene briefings with them, in order to strengthen collaboration. Prepare briefing notes, advise and support WHO leadership in meetings with relevant partners.
Ø Track WHO performance and building capacities to meet partner expectations in line with grant agreements, as well as rigorously uphold appropriate policies on preventing and responding to sexual abuse and exploitation, and harassment and monitor reporting to partners in accordance with relevant agreements.
Ø Ensure resource mobilization standard operating procedures are properly adhered to through the Contributor Engagement Management (CEM) system.
Ø In coordination with communication focal points, guide and implement partner recognition activities.
Ø Perform all other related duties as assigned.
Strong skills in external relations, resource mobilization and strategic partnership building. Ability to write well and produce engaging communication materials. Ability to engage partner interest, create and maintain longstanding trusted relationships. Sound level of judgement, responsibility, and initiative. Strong analytical and critical thinking skills. Ability to identify and act on opportunities in a complex and competitive resource environment and work effectively within the evolving global health context. Ability to communicate credibly with key stakeholders inside WHO. Knowledge of public health sector and WHO’s role within the global health architecture. Ability to maintain perspective under pressure.
An advanced level university degree in international or public relations, business administration, communications, social sciences, law, or related field relevant to the position.
Professional certification or other specific training in external relations.
At least seven years’ combined national and international experience in resource mobilization and/or external relations, including in a United Nations System, NGO or private sector context. Considerable experience in writing and editing, particularly in the context of donor reporting/relations and in developing messaging for advocacy purposes. Considerable experience working with and/or influencing funding systems, strategic partners, donor organizations and decision-makers. Experience in grant management and administration processes.
At least 7 years of experience in the UN system. Experience at country level is an asset.
Strong presentation skills. Good skills in office packages and ERP based systems.
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
Moving forward in a changing environment
Creating an empowering and motivating environment
Use of Language Skills
Essential: Expert knowledge of English language.
WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 97,139 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.